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As announced in our last issue, Bombadier Ernest Smith, who had been serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery at the Dardanelles, contracted an illness, and died at a Birmingham Hospital on Thursday, the 7th last. After his death the doctors connected with the hospital asked his parents to grant permission for a post-mortem examination. Sanction was given, and the doctors ascertained that Bombadier Smith, who was only 21 years of age, had been wounded. This appears to have been unknown to everybody. Deceased, who was brought from Birmingham, was placed in the Lewes Mortuary on Monday night, and next morning was conveyed to Glynde, where members of the Glynde Company of the National Reserve, also some men of the Middlesex Company, met the coffin at the bottom of Glynde Hill, and a number of the men carried deceased to the cemetery. The Burial Service was conducted by the Rev W E Dalton, and after the coffin had been lowered into the grave three volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded. Deceased was noted for his bright and amiable disposition, and he was called by the men of his Regiment ‘Sunny Sussex’. The chief mourners were Mr and Mrs Amos Smith, Mr and Mrs Amos Smith, junior, Mr Joseph Smith (brother), Mrs Ledger (sister), Mrs Avery (sister), Masters F Ledger, D Smith and P Smith (nephews), Mrs C Saunders (aunt), Miss G and Master D Saunders (cousins). There were many floral tributes, and the wording attached to one from Viscountess Wolseley was: "From one that has lost loved ones in the Service".
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